The Outstanding Referee program was instituted in 2008 to recognize scientists who have been exceptionally helpful in assessing manuscripts for publication in the APS journals. By means of the program, APS expresses its appreciation to all referees, whose efforts in peer review not only keep the standards of the journals at a high level, but in many cases also help authors to improve the quality and readability of their articles – even those that are not published by APS.
The highly selective Outstanding Referee program annually recognizes about 150 of the roughly 60,000 currently active referees. Like fellowship in APS, this is a lifetime award. This year, 143 outstanding referees were selected (list).